Our Cold and Flu Protocol
Lots of herbs going out my door this last week....it is definitely the beginnings of cold and flu season.
We have also seen some of that sickness in our home....WHAT?! Herbalists and their families get sick. Heck yes we get sick, we are human. The second I see a blogger talk about how they NEVER get sick, I start to be concerned...especially if they have children. Getting sick with colds, flu, or any other virus only helps our immune system.
During our Naturally Well for Cold and Flu Season class we discussed at length the various herbs and essential oils you could use during this season for things from prevention to coughs and sinus congestions/infection. I won't go into that much depth today but I did want to give you a peek into our cold and flu protocol.
Mama's EXTRA Magic Elderberry Syrup
We used Elderberry-Rosehip syrup (with a nice helping of black pepper) for prevention but sometimes we forget to take it...or a super strong virus comes and gets us. That is when we switch over the Mama's EXTRA Magic Elderberry Syrup. This syrup also includes herbs like: Licorice root, Echinacea angustifolia root, and Oregon grape root. We up our dose from prevention does (once a day) to 4 times a day.
Making sure we stay hydrated is important, especially in the presence of a fever. Herbal teas are a fantastic way to stay hydrated and get some powerful plant medicine. Lemon balm tea and Sage teas are the two I always turn to but my Peppermint loving husband really enjoys our Double Immuni-Tea blend...and it seems to be well liked by those who buy it.
Children don't need to drink a whole cup to get the benefits. Babies as young as 6 months can have about 1/4 tsp tea to help.
Not an herbal remedy, although we do load ours down with plenty of herbs like Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, and Garlic! Can't forget a high quality sea salt. Drinking a cup a few times a day can really make a difference. I have seen our 6 year old bounce back after enjoying a cup and I have felt it myself. You can also drop an egg in there to cook and get some added nutrition. You could even add fresh Nettle while you are making your bone broth!
A cool rag to the forehead and back of neck really feels amazing and we boost that with adding 2 drops Spearmint essential oil and 3 drops Lavender essential oil to a bowl of tepid water. Dip the rag in the water and rub away. For those avoiding essential oils, using a peppermint tea would also be beneficial.
Teas for fevers would include....yarrow, peppermint, and elder flower.
Again, not an herbal remedies but when we get sick we need to rest, rest, rest. Snuggle up with a good book, take a nap, or hunker down for a Harry Potter marathon (or Lord of the Rings, or Star Wars...). Sometimes we get sick because we haven't been taking the time to rest. If your child is sick, keep them home. They will enjoy it and the other parents will appreciate you not sending a sick child to school...possibly getting their child sick. If you are sick, stay home. Your co-workers will appreciate that as well...no matter how much they may love you.
Let your body use the energy it has to fight the bug that is making you sick. I went against this advice in March and seriously regretted it. It was horrible.
Lemon balm tea is a favorite easy remedy for those annoying spasmodic coughs. We also used our Inhale, Exhale Chest Rub which is amazing along with warm steamy showers.
Infused Apple Cider Vinegar
I covered the how-to here on the blog but this is amazing to add to your bath. Even regular apple cider vinegar in the bath works wonderfully to help encourage your body to fight the bug. It is done in a warm bath with Epsom salts, which also really helps though body aches that will accompany a flu virus.
We stick to warm foods and avoid dairy as much as we can when we are sick. Dairy is mucous inducing so this is especially important if you are dealing with congestion...both sinus and chest.
So there you have it. Our Cold and Flu protocol. It is fairly simple. Many times you can treat you cold and flu with things from your local grocer (sounds like another post!).